31 SEC players projected in the top 100 NFL prospects


NFL Draft decisions are right around the corner for most of the players below. Several of them have already declared they are going to the draft in South Carolina’s Kelcy Quarles and Jadeveon Clowney, Tennessee’s Antonio Richardson and Florida’s Loucheiz Purifoy.

Related: SEC owns the top 25 rated underclassmen in CFB

Other decisions will be made once draft projections and grades are received from NFL scouts and evaluators.

Of the top 100 prospects in the country, according to CBSSports, 31 are from the SEC:

Related: Five early SEC Heisman contenders for 2014

1. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
2. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
8. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
11. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
12. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
14. CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama
28. Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
31. Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
33. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
34. Haha Clinton-Dix, DB, Alabama
39. Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
44. Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
45. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
46. La’El Collins, OT, LSU
49. Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
50. Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
57. Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas
59. Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
66. Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama
69. Anthony Steen, OG, Alabama
71. Loucheiz Purifoy, DB, Florida
72. Michael Sam, DE, Missouri
74. Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
76. Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
77. EJ Gaines, DB, Missouri
79. Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
87. Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina
91. Victory Hampton, CB, South Carolina
93. Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama
96. Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
97. Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss

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  • I know this isn’t your list Jon, but do you think Murray’s ACL injury is a reason he’s not on here? And what about connor shaw? I believe both of those should definitely be in the top 100

    • Murray is sitting at the 160th prospect a 4-5 round pick & he’s been in about the same spot sense the beginning of the season. So I don’t think the injury really has much to do with it he just doesn’t get a whole lot of NFL love! Height is one of the factors that keeps him down but it’s not the only thing.

      • Shaw is sitting at 293 & is projected to be in the 7th round at the earliest! Not sure but he doesn’t get much love at all!

        • Shaw’s stock would have been much higher 6 or 7 seasons ago. However, his zone read skills are not as desired now in the pass happy NFL. He is a tried and true winner, though. Hopefully someone will sign him and then he’ll get his chance. He is going to be very hard to replace at South Carolina. Amazing career….never lost a home game! Threw 1 interception this season! Good luck Connor Shaw!

    • I hope the Saints draft Murray. Let him heal, & then sit behind Drew Brees for 3 or 4 years & learn. Then take over. Murray is the closest Drew Brees clone in college. I’d love for him to take over for Brees down the road.

    • I’m kind of surprised Murray & Shaw aren’t listed either. Not a big follower of draft lists and not really sure what NFL scouts are looking for. But, those are 2 of the better producing QBs in college football. Especially when you look at UGAs injury bugs this year!

    • It’s not such a bad thing. Maybe he’s the next Brett Favre.

  • Glad to see Moncrief so far down the list. That increases the chances that he’ll come back for his senior year. Would be good for him & good for the Rebels. This is WR-heavy draft. He’d be the 6th or 7th WR selected at best this year. If he comes back & has a monster senior year, he might be the first WR selected next year.

  • No Gabe Jackson? I mean yes Mississippi State’s season wasn’t anything to boast about, but he graded out a Champion on nearly every, if not every, game this season, as well as most of last season. He’s been the stalwart of our O-line the past four years, and a preseason All-American, correct me if I’m wrong. Just surprised to not see him there.

  • Just curious, Jon. Do we know why Ealy is projected over Sam for Missouri? My guess is measurable and having better NFL size but wanted your insight.

  • Agree with Gabe. This is my Miss State homerism coming out, but everyone that was an analyst for Miss State said time and time again that Gabe Jackson was the best player on the field regardless of position. And David Pollack even had a little of a man crush bromance thing going on with him. I hope he’s invited to the combine and at least makes it in the first 2 rounds. He deserves it and any team would be smart to pick him up

    • I just checked and they have him listed Rank 114, position rank 6 and projected Round 3-4. Underrated highly in my book, but any team who can snag Gabe Jackson in the 3rd or 4th round is getting a steal. One helluva football player.

  • As far as Moncrief goes, Richard Cross and Matt Wyatt said it best yesterday. They host a local sports talk show in MS. The early entries into the draft make a little more sense for a guy like Moncrief these days than ever. It’s no longer about your first contract, but the 5th year contract you get after you’ve established yourself in the league and have been able to display your skill set. If he enters his name in the draft pool and the scouts tell him he’s got an opportunity to be a late second or early third rounder, he’s crazy not to go, so is any other player. Because you’re still going to get a ton of money that is not too extremely far off from where you would if you were a first rounder. But for instance, If you are a 20-22 year old guy, and you know you can sign a contract next year to make 600k a year with a 2mil signing bonus and have a potential of signing a 40 mil in 5 years, that is one year sooner that you’ll get that 5th year contract if you declare early than you would should you come back your senior season. Plus you take a risk of serious injury and could fall out of the draft the next year completely. I’ll wrap it up in saying that if you’re Jevan Sneed, stay another year, but if you’re Johnny Manziel, It was fun watching you in college bro and good luck in the NFL.

    • Yes, I understand with the new rookie CBA contract rules, you don’t stand to make as much as a 1st-rounder as you did just 4 years ago. However, the difference between being the 1st WR taken (mid-1st round usually) and the 8th WR (4th round-ish) is significant. All that, and, selfishly, I want him back for one more year at Ole Miss!

  • The famed “hit” at last season’s Outback Bowl doomed Clowney. Whatever he did this year wouldn’t have been enough after all the media frenzy during the off-season. There will be an NFL team very happy to have him and many others wishing they did. Good luck Clowney!

  • I’d be fairly happy if my Car Panthers took Jordan Matthews in the late 1st rd. Can see him doing well in the pros.

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